A graduate of Richmond Community High School and Virginia Commonwealth University, Dave was born in Richmond and returned here to live and practice law after he graduated from The University of Virginia School of Law.
One of Dave’s primary areas of practice is car accident litigation. He explores ways to resolve cases through arbitration and mediation, but frequently appears in the courtroom when it serves a client’s best interests, trying cases before both judges and juries and winning substantial verdicts. His primary goal is to alleviate the stress for the client by allowing them to recover, receive fair compensation, and move forward with life.
Before he joined the Allen Law Firm, Dave worked as in-house legal counsel for a major automobile liability insurance company. He represented insurance company policyholders who had been sued by plaintiffs injured in motor vehicle accidents. This experience has given Dave insight into how insurance company adjusters, managers, and lawyers think and work, how they handle and evaluate claims and how they defend the policyholder during litigation. He has learned how to identify the weaknesses in a defendant’s case, especially those that encourage insurance adjusters to settle cases before trial.
Beyond helping his clients, Dave is active among the student population in his community. Working with teachers at both James River and Hermitage High Schools, Dave has helped organize mock trials where students undertake the roles of judges, lawyers, witnesses and jurors. He has taught business and legal classes at Hermitage Tech with an emphasis on career opportunities in the field of law and law enforcement.
The Richmond Police Training Academy has honored Dave for six years with the invitation to participate in training basic recruits to recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication and impairment.
David works in the firm’s Richmond, VA office and represents clients across the state of Virginia. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary, and their two daughters. His hobbies include biking, rock climbing, and target practice at local shooting ranges.
- Trial Attorney, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (2001 – Present)
- In-House Counsel, Progressive Insurance Company (2000 – 2001)
- Attorney, McEachin & Gee (1997-2000)
- Attorney, Tronfeld West, & Durrett (1996-1997)
- Licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (1996)
- B.A., History and Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University (1990)
- Virginia Super Lawyers (2019, 2023)
- Virginia State Bar
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Richmond Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
Personal Injury Resources
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